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City workers protest, ask for pay raise

August 16, 2000

City workers protest, ask for pay raise



By JULIE E. GREENE / Staff Writer


About two dozen Hagerstown public works, water and sewer employees picketed City Hall Tuesday afternoon, demanding a 3 percent raise and parity.

City Council members were expected to discuss ongoing wage negotiations with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees Local 1540 behind closed doors Tuesday evening.

The union is in the second year of a three-year contract, which has a wage reopener this year, said President Delbert Horst. Negotiations for the union's 146 members began in May.

Horst said the union wants a "me too" clause, which would give an equal percentage raise to whatever city police and firefighters get.

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For example, if police get a 3.5 percent raise, so would AFSCME Local 1540, he said.

The city police union's three-year contract expired June 30, but the police are to continue operating under those terms until a new contract is approved, said Human Resources Director Don Francis.

City firefighters have a wage reopener this year, the third year of their three-year contract, Francis said.

The city has budgeted for a 2.5 percent increase in its total payroll, but that doesn't mean the unions would get only 2.5 percent, Francis said.

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